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Lymantria is a genus of tussock moths in the Erebidae family. They are widely distributed throughout Europe, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Java and Celebes.

Lymantria monacha FvL.jpg
Lymantria monacha
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Tribe: Lymantriini
Genus: Lymantria
Hübner, 1819
  • Porthetria Hübner, [1819]
  • Hypogymna Billberg, 1820
  • Sericaria Berthold, 1827
  • Psilura Stephens, 1828
  • Erasta Gistl, 1848
  • Morasa Walker, 1855
  • Enome Walker, 1855
  • Palasea Wallengren, 1863
  • Pegella Walker, 1866
  • Pagella Kozhanchikov, 1950
  • Sarothropyga Felder, 1874
  • Nagunda Moore, 1879
  • Barhona Moore, 1879
  • Pyramocera Butler, 1880
  • Lymantica Collenette, 1936



In male, palpi porrect and hairy. Antennae with long branches. Fore wings with veins 3,4 and 5 from close to angle of cell. Vein 6 from below upper angle. Veins 7 to 10 are stalked, where vein 7 being given off further from the cell than vein 10. Hind wings with veins 3,4 and 5 from close to angle of cell. Vein 6 and 7 from upper angle. In female, antennae serrate. Wings either fully developed or partially reduced or completely reduced to scales.[1]


The following species are included in the genus.[2]


  1. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma Moths Vol-i". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Lymantria". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  • Ingram, R. (2010): Gypsy Moths (Lymantria spp.) Surveillance in Australia. DAFF mimeograph.
  • Pogue, Michael G. and Schaefer, Paul W. (2007): A review of Selected Species of Lymantria Hübner, [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) from Subtropical and Temperate Regions of Asia, including the Descriptions of three new species, some potentially invasive to North America.
  • Schintlmeister, Alexander (2004): The Taxonomy of the genus Lymantria Hübner, [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae).

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